Photo Shoot Styling 101

I have been so busy lately that my posts have been suffering, time to get back on track.

I just finished a two-day, whole house photo shoot. Home magazines make it look effortless but just ask Anne (my trusty sidekick), it takes a lot of work to get a room just right.

When styling a room for a magazine, advertisement or even a portfolio, you want to use props that appeal to the masses and nothing seasonal. It is tempting to use Mums in the fall for example, but you do not want do this. Realtors make this mistake all the time, photographing a home in the winter and not updating the listing with new photos in the spring.

One more tip; edit your spaces. Take the time to pack away family photos, kids art and your collections. Make the spaces look real but clean and neutral.

I try to keep things simple. I like white flowers, fresh herb plants, glass and silver. These items look good in all homes.

Anne snapped these photos of my props from today’s shoot.

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When styling open shelving, pick one color and collect all of the items you have in this color. Here we went with white, I love white dishes!

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Books make fabulous props. In the photo below we used a collection of old books, a silver tea service and a white orchid.

The photos below were taken by my photographer Liz Donnelly.


Here we used white starfish, herbs, and an orchid to highlight the beauty of this eat-in kitchen.


In this bedroom, I used white bedding and flowers, silver vases, and a glass lamp.



So remember if you are paying for professional photos, take the time to style your space!

  • Keep it clean and simple, use white, silver and glass.
  • .Edit your spaces, put away knickknacks.
  • Take the time to style your space.

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Best, Celia

Staging A Home Helps You Get Top Dollar

Data shows that homes that are staged sell much faster than un-staged homes. Professional stagers and designers know how to arrange your rooms to highlight the assets of your home, and camouflage the flaws.

Here is a home we just staged for clients of ours.

Before of living
Before of living
Staging Day one...painting, and furniture removal
Staging day one…painting, and furniture removal

To stage this room we…

  1. Painted the room (Farrow & Ball: Borrowed Light)
  2. We removed most of the furniture
  3. We replaced the coffee table with a larger table that grounds the space
  4. We re-hung all the art to the right height and coordinated the subject matter (all art about the coast of Maine)
  5. We added coastal touches as the home is a block from the water and people want to buy the coastal feel! The Barn Pottery pillows add a lot to the space without a spending a lot!

After (same view as before shot)

Dining Room Before

After Dining: New chairs & curtains make the room

Before Foyer: Table and Light were too big


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Before Kitchen: Not much too change…just new chairs


TV Room becomes bedroom: bedrooms add value


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If you want to see the entire house look at the listing below

We had a great time doing this project. We are working on the home owners new house and it is going to be spectacular!

Stay tuned for more before and after projects.

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Best, Celia

Photos:Anne Sowles

Staging your home to sell…fast

Look at this room: the coffee table has items on it but looks tidy, the furniture is arranged to make the most of the space, the art is non intrusive, the color is bold but neutral, and there is no clutter. This is what your home should look like if it is for sale!



Homes that are staged before or during their time on the market are proven to sell more quickly than un-staged homes.

There are certain things that any home owner can do to make their home more appealing to buyers

1. Start by taking photos of each room; do they look like they could be shown to anyone from, the editor of Better Homes and Gardens to your best friend? Often we see things more clearly in print. For example,  if I photographer my office right now I would see all my piles of paperwork, Fabric samples (that I need to return), props I used in a photo shoot (that need to be put away), books off the shelves and much more. If I looked at the photo of my office I would think that room is a mess.

2. Rearrange and organize your home to show off the assets and camouflage the flaws. So if the photos you have taken make your rooms look small you know you need to remove and rearrange the furniture. If you have piles like me…buy storage containers!

3. Clean off all surfaces. A coffee table for example should have books and a flower arrangement…nothing else.

4. Rent a rug/upholstery cleaner and deep clean rugs and furniture

5. Go through all drawers and closets, buyers are not snooping when they open everything up, they want to see if their stuff will fit in your home. Empty or organized drawers and closets sell houses!

6. Fresh flowers and plants make homes look fresh.

7. Buyers buy lifestyle, buy or rent furniture and/or décor to make your home look its best. A few nice furniture pieces or nice paintings can transform a space.

Keep in mind most moves are upward, in other words most buyers are buying nicer or larger homes than they currently own. So you need show off your homes best features! Make spaces look larger with fresh paint, fewer furniture pieces and ample storage!

Good Luck!